The Schmookler & Huffman Show: Episode II

For those of you in the Shenandoah Valley, I hope you had the chance to hear this month’s discussion of politics between Andy Schmookler and me that took place this morning on 550 AM WSVA.  Topics included: Obamacare, climate change, and a few minutes about the ongoing conflict in Syria.  If we had more time, I would have loved to delve further into the last subject.

However, if you were unable to tune in this morning, you can find the hour-long show at the following link.

And remember, if you have a topic that you’d like us to discuss, please send me a message or leave a comment below.  I can’t promise that it will come up on the air, but we’ll certainly consider the idea.

Thanks for listening!

6 Replies to “The Schmookler & Huffman Show: Episode II”

  1. My suggestioms to A Schmookler, at

    Too bad you forgot to mention the neoliberals behind climate change disinformation. It would be interesting to hear the two of you confront the fraud of the neoliberal marketeers, as explained by Mirowski.

    Your partial education of comrade Huffman re the role of the Fed in regulating continental scale business was unsatisfactory. If you had discussed the role of the American state in facilitating monopoly and American businesses for the benefit of empire, comrade Hoffman would have been both sympathetic and receptive. This revelation, however, would not work to your favor.

    Your sale of Obamacare, in which you argue it is Republican in origin and compare its national implementation to health care in other advanced economies is sophistic. Comrade Huffman should have argued that the Federally mandated purchase of insurance is an example of facilitation of corrupt and monopolistic business practice. You should have been clear that Obamacare is unlike health care of old and indeed, that the public systems in the western world are under attack via privatization. This argument between you two was anachronistic and vapid.

    Finally, your ignorance of reports on the use of gas by foreign supported terrorists in Syria is inexcusable (June 5):

    Syrian rebels have used the deadly nerve agent sarin in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to evidence from victims and doctors, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte said.

    The libertarians of the Glenn Greenwald variety are commendable. A libertarian aware of the Saudi, et al, meddling in Syria is preferable to a humanitarian intervenor who argues that the only source possible is the Syrian government. Furthermore, Macgregor points out that the “rebels” would be worse guardians of a chemical weapon repository.

  2. Here’s a good article for you re Syria. You may be bold enough next time to challenge A Schmookler to give you a credible justification for the humanitarian warmongering he typically supports (I believe he believes some nation’s got to be world hegemonster (and America is stupid enough to be it)).

    Please go on the offensive with Schmookler.

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